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The mission of the School of Mathematics is to cover the full range of research, education, and service throughout mathematics and its applications. Our graduates—Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates—pursue a wide variety of careers within education, industry, and government. We provide mathematics instruction to students throughout the University in a broad range of academic programs, including physical and biological sciences, engineering, business, medicine, social sciences, and many other disciplines.
Mathematics is an essential component of any University. Our programs date back to the earliest years of the University of Minnesota and continue to be extremely active, strong, and internationally renowned. Our faculty have been honored by many awards and fellowships, and serve in leadership roles both nationally and internationally. For example, one recently served as the President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the most prominent international organization devoted to applied mathematics and computational science, while another was recently elected to be Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society, the premier U.S. organization for mathematical research and scholarship.
The Department offers Bachelors degrees in both the College of Science and Engineering (Bachelor of Science) and the College of Liberal Arts (Bachelor or Arts). Our undergraduate programs prepare students for a wide variety of careers, including graduate study in mathematics; secondary school teaching; actuarial science; and applications of mathematics in industry, biology, computer science, finance, and elsewhere. Available specializations include Actuarial Studies, Mathematics Education, Computer Applications, and (coming soon) Mathematical Biology. The department offers the Ph.D. degree in mathematics as well as Masters degrees with an emphasis in industrial and applied math, and in math education. Ph.D. recipients have gone on to prestigious careers in research and teaching institutions, as well as in industry and government. The Masters of Financial Mathematics and Certificate in Fundamentals of Quantitative Finance are professional degrees for students going into quantitative financial and actuarial careers.
Our faculty focus their research in many areas of mathematics, and are distinguished by their high citation rates and influence throughout the discipline of mathematics and its manifold applications. Areas of particular research strength include:
The Minnesota Center for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (MCFAM) houses all financial and actuarial programs and initiatives within the School of Mathematics. MCFAM directs the undergraduate BS and BA degrees in Mathematics with an Actuarial Specialization, as well as the professional Masters of Financial Mathematics and the Certificate in Fundamentals of Quantitative Finance.
The Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics (MCIM), coordinates internship opportunities and provides industry partners with mathematical resources and a talent pool of highly qualified prospective employees.
The Mathematics Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP) administers outreach educational programs in mathematics for pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students, and for K-12 teachers. Their long standing University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) is a renowned accelerated program in mathematics for highly talented secondary school students.
Some recent acknowledgments of the School of Mathematics' stature among research Insitutions throughout the world:
School of Mathematics
College of Science and Engineering
127 Vincent Hall
206 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
560 undergraduate students
222 master’s and Ph.D. students